She's spent a long time in a bubble. In an odd turn of events, Corinne is taken out of boarding school and plunged into high school where bullies reign and nice guys come in last.
But this is after she's already fallen in love with Abel over the summer.
Abel is trapped, with friends he secretly hates, but has chosen to stay with the status quo. It's just high school, right?
What do you do when the person you love sees the very worst part of you? And how do you help them when they discover their life is a hoax?
If there is one thing Lila Felix knows how to do, it's deliver a sweet, romantic young adult masterpiece. Hoax is the story of a young woman, Corinne, who was shipped away to an all girls school for most of her life while her parents lived a lavish lifestyle. One day she gets mysteriously pulled from the school to find her parents "Downsizing" their lifestyle including her beloved Prep School education. Her parents inform her she will have to sell her nice car and get a job due to unforeseen circumstances that have caused her family financial hardships while she was away. Her parents are cold, emotionless assholes who act as though Corinne is a burden! That pissed me off I mean you chose to have the girl, man up yo! Anyway so Corinne gets a job house sitting for a very well off couple and while there meets my book boyfriend Abel.
OH Abel! Sexy guy with muscles and a romantic side? YES PLEASE! Abel works for the couple that owns the house Corinne is working at. He mows the grass and she watches the house while they are gone. They spend a perfect summer together getting to know each other and discover that they have a previous connection rooted in their pasts. Reality eventually sets in and Corinne must now face her first time ever in public school.
It doesn't take long to figure out this school has a pack of rabid A**holes who terrorize and bully other students, but when Corinne finds out Abel is a part of that group her perfect summer crashes down around her. Her sweet, wonderful Abel just stands by and watches, never interfering because the leader of this group Brett, is such a douche he would turn his wrath on Able if he protests. I felt so bad for Abel, his parents are never there for him and his "Friends" suck and cause trouble. When Corinne stands up for the boy they are bullying she becomes #1 on Brett's shit list and Abel starts to panic. Corinne feels like their summer was a complete HOAX and confronts Abel. Once they take care of that Corinne starts getting weird requests from the kids in school she doesn't understand. She thinks everyone is messing with her until one day she finds out the reasons behind her family's downsizing. Her whole life changes in just a matter of days and she has never felt more alone.
Abel refuses to let her push him away and proves to her he can be her strength when she can't find any in herself. That damn boy was amazing, sweet and funny! Every once in a while I like to read a sweet love story to take a break from my smutty McSmut books. YES! I did just say that! This book was exactly what I wanted in a sweet, romantic read. There issues in this book that I'm sure most kids today have to deal with, having parents that make bad choices. I loved how real this book felt, it was like being in an episode of Mean Girls, L.A. Law and One Tree Hill rolled into one lol. The best part about Lila's books, is that you don;t have to worry about what your young adult child is reading because Lila does YA very well. She delivers good clean love and romance with just the right amount of juicy goodness. I fell in love with Abel in this book, just like I fell for her other Male leads, especially Owen Black in Love and Skate. This book was beautiful and the epilogue will have you misty eyed by how perfectly romantic it was!